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Suspects apprehended after 20 mile, high speed chase

Columbia Police report drama started with report of stolen vehicle in Russell Heights neighborhood of Columbia, KY Later sighting of vehicle on Fairground Street, where traffic stop initiated but driver refused to stop and high speed chase up KY 206 and a 20 mile chase at speeds reaching 100 mph ensued, ending in the Ozark Community of Adair County, where suspects were apprehended and arrested by Columbia Police Sgt. Gary Roy and Ofc. Charles Greer and lodged in Adair County Regional Jail. Driver, 19, faces numerous charges. Passenger, 18, faces single allegation. Adair County Sheriff Harrison Moss and Kentucky State assisted in the pursuit. Click on headline for complete story
Note: An individual charged by police or in a warrant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceeding.

By Ofc. Josh Brockman, Public Information Officer
Columbia Police Department, Chief, Jason Cross

On Wednesday, January 11, 2017, at 08:13amCT, Columbia Police received a complaint from Adair County 911 requesting officers to respond to a residence off of South Bramlett. Upon arrival officers were informed by the resident that their 2014 Chevrolet Suburban had been stolen.

At approximately 9:50amCT, CPD Sgt Gary Roy observed the vehicle traveling on Fairground Street.


Sgt Roy initiated a traffic stop on vehicle but driver refused to stop and accelerated off, heading East on KY 206.

The pursuit reached speeds of 100mph at times and spanned approximately 20 miles before it was brought to stop on Hatcher White Road. The vehicle was occupied by 19 year old Tyler Stapleton and 18 year old Thomas Cruz.

Stapleton faces charges of:
  • Theft of a Motor Vehicle over 10,000
  • Theft of Identity
  • Fleeing and Evading Police 1st Degree
  • Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree
  • Reckless Driving
  • No Operating License
  • Outstanding Warrant of Arrest for a prior theft was also served
Passenger Thomas Cruz was charged with:
  • Receiving Stolen Property over 10,000
Both Stapleton and Cruz were lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail, Columbia, KY, by Columbia Police Sgt. Gary Roy and Ofc Charles Greer.

Columbia Police were assisted on pursuit by Sheriff Harrison Moss and Kentucky State Police



This story was posted on 2017-01-12 02:43:16
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